Best Intel X299 Motherboards

It’s only matter of time after AMD releasing their phenomenal Ryzen processor and then Intel gives the answer to the public that their new processor architects with new reorganized caches can boost chip performance up to 15% in single-threaded workloads efficiency and 10 % in multi-threaded workloads efficiency.

Core i9-7980XE is the highest i9 model, again they put “X” as an extreme performance series with 18 cores and 32 threads, while lower price you can find Core i9-7900X, Core i9-7920X, Core i9-7940X, and Core i9-7960X, and others i5 and i7 series check here more information. You should use the latest Intel chipsets motherboard like Intel x299 to run the latest X-series, here I give you best intel x299 motherboards list:

 

BEST Intel X299 Motherboards 2017

MotherboardsGIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9MotherboardsGIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 7MotherboardsASUS PRIME X299-DELUXEMotherboardsASUS TUF X299 MARK I MotherboardsMSI x299 GAMING M7 ACKMotherboardsMSI x299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
CPU SupportSupport for Intel® Core™ X series processors CPU SupportSupport for Intel® Core™ X series processors CPU SupportSupport for Intel® Core™ X series processors CPU SupportSupport for Intel® Core™ X series processors CPU SupportSupport for Intel® Core™ X series processors CPU SupportSupport for Intel® Core™ X series processors
Chipsetx299Chipsetx299Chipsetx299Chipsetx299Chipsetx299Chipsetx299
SocketLGA2066SocketLGA2066SocketLGA2066SocketLGA2066SocketLGA2066SocketLGA2066
Form FactorATXForm FactorATXForm FactorATXForm FactorATXForm FactorATXForm FactorATX
PCI Ports5x PCIe 3.0PCI Ports5x PCIe 3.0 PCI Ports4x PCIe 3.0 PCI Ports3x PCIe 3.0 PCI Ports4x PCIe 3.0 PCI Ports4x PCIe 3.0
Multi GPU supportNVIDIA Quad-GPU and 3-Way SLI, AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX and 3-Way CrossFireXMulti GPU supportNVIDIA Quad-GPU and 3-Way SLI, AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX and 3-Way CrossFireXMulti GPU supportNVIDIA Quad-GPU and 3-Way SLI, AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX and 3-Way CrossFireXMulti GPU supportNVIDIA Quad-GPU and 3-Way SLI, AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX and 3-Way CrossFireXMulti GPU supportNVIDIA Quad-GPU and 3-Way SLI, AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX and 3-Way CrossFireXMulti GPU supportNVIDIA Quad-GPU and 3-Way SLI, AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX and 3-Way CrossFireX
SATA/M.2/U.2 ports8/3/0SATA/M.2/U.2 ports8/3/0SATA/M.2/U.2 ports7/2/1SATA/M.2/U.2 ports8/2/0SATA/M.2/U.2 ports8/2/1SATA/M.2/U.2 ports8/2/1
USB 3.1 Gen24x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A ports on the back panel, 1x USB Gen2 Type-C port on the back panel, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 port front panel supportUSB 3.1 Gen24x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A ports on the back panel, 1x USB Gen2 Type-C port on the back panel, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 port front panel supportUSB 3.1 Gen23x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A ports on the back panel, 1x USB Gen2 Type-C port on the back panel, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 port front panel supportUSB 3.1 Gen22x USB 3.1 Gen2 port Type-A + USB Type-C on back panel, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 port Type-A front panel supportUSB 3.1 Gen22x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A + Type-C port on the back panel, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C front panel support2x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A + Type-C port on the back panel, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C front panel support
USB 3.1 Gen1/3.0/2.08/0/4USB 3.1/3.0/2.08/0/4USB 3.1/3.0/2.08/0/6USB 3.1/3.0/2.011/0/6USB 3.1/3.0/2.08/0/7USB 3.1/3.0/2.08/0/7
Memory Slots8 x DDR4 (128GB Max)Memory Slots8 x DDR4 (128GB Max)Memory Slots8 x DDR4 (128GB Max)Memory Slots8 x DDR4 (128GB Max)Memory Slots8 x DDR4 (128GB Max)Memory Slots8 x DDR4 (128GB Max)
Support 4400+ (O.C.)Support 4400+ (O.C.)Support 4133+ (O.C.)Support 4133+ (O.C.)Support 4133+ (O.C.)Support 4133+ (O.C.)
AudioRealtek® ALC1220 codec + OPA1622 + ES9018K2MAudioRealtek® ALC1220 codec + ES9018Q2C chipAudio Realtek S1220A Codec 120dB SNRAudio Realtek S1220A Codec 120dB SNRAudioDual Realtek® ALC1220 CodecAudioDual Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
Audio FeatureSound BlasterX 720°Audio FeatureSound BlasterX 720°Audio FeatureCrystal Sound 3Audio FeatureAudio FeatureNahimic 2+Audio FeatureNahimic 2+
Power Phases12 Phase power designPower Phases12 Phase power designPower Phases8 Phase digi power designPower Phases8 Phase digi power designPower Phases12 Phase digi power designPower Phases12 Phase digi power design
NetworkingRivet Networks Killer™ E2500 LAN, 1x Intel GbE LAN NetworkingRivet Networks Killer™ E2500 LAN, 1x Intel GbE LAN NetworkingIntel® I219V, 1x Gigabit LAN Controller, Intel I211-AT, 1x Gigabit LAN, Dual Gigabit LAN controllersNetworkingIntel I219V, 1x Gigabit LAN Controller, Intel I211-AT, 1x Gigabit LANNetworkingKiller™ E2500 Gigabit LAN Networking Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN
WirelessKiller™ Wireless-AC 1535, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1WirelessKiller™ Wireless-AC 1535, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1WirelessWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac+ WiGig 802.11ad, Supports MU-MIMOWireless-WirelessKiller™ Wireless-AC 1535, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1Killer™ Wireless-AC 1535, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1
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1.    GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9

"Best x299 premium features motherboard" (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support Kaby Lake -X/Skylake -X (LGA 2066)
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Gigabyte made one of the best gaming motherboards again; it is a clear winner until now. The only complaint is about price, so if you are enthusiast level just grab it. As Gigabyte x299 flagship all your gaming needs in 2017 will be fulfilled. High quality should be Best motherboard for i9 7980XE right now.

Pros.

  • Stunning Build Quality.
  • So many RGB LED and aesthetics board.
  • Overclocking and Power Button.
  • Total five PCIe 3.0.
  • Six USB 3.1 Gen2.
  • Excellent internal sound card audio (ALC1220 codec with 127dB SNR AMP-UP Audio with High-End ESS SABRE 9018K2M DAC, LME 49720 and OPA1622 OP-AMP, WIMA audio capacitor)
  • Best connectivity you can get (Rivet Networks Killer E2500 LAN +Killer Wireless-AC 1535 module)
  • Include GC-PCIe x4 M.2 mount in the box for more storage connectivity.
  • Best performance in Enthusiast class.
  • i9-7900X can overclock almost 5GHZ quickly.
  • Best Intel X299 Motherboards so far.

Cons.

  • Expensive

 

2.    GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 7

"95% similarities with Gaming 9 but better value for money"
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support Kaby Lake -X/Skylake -X (LGA 2066)
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Under Gaming 9 you can get Aorus Gaming 7 which is an almost same motherboard. Some features are just cut down there’s no lit acrylic I/O shield and complete metal Backplate for PCB support was also eliminated only one M.2 with heatsink cover. The Gaming 7 also drops The U.2 support which is a little surprising, but as the Gaming 9 requires an add-in card for that connection, so it’s not a big loss.

But overall is 95% similarity with gaming 9 so it still worth it with a less price.

Pros.

  • Provide almost the same feature as Gaming 9.
  • Best performance with relatively cheaper.

Cons.

  • Minus full backplate and acrylic I/O shield if compare to Gaming 9.
  • Slightly reduces audio quality compare to Gaming 9.

 

3.   ASUS PRIME X299-DELUXE

"Best looking board and numerous RGB LED's option"
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support Kaby Lake -X/Skylake -X (LGA 2066)
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ASUS is one of the biggest players in motherboards, and now PRIME X299-DELUXE offer the best motherboard for i9. Great looking board, its look like modern gaming motherboard and embedded LCD is nice, all new features are set, the real cooling system enhances better overclocking.

If you are planning to buy i9 or above, then it is one of the best motherboards for i9.

Pros.

  • Top motherboard design.
  • Excellent UEFI bios.
  • five USB 3.1 Gen2.
  • Dual Gigabit LAN controllers.
  • WiGig 802.11ad.
  • Good performance and Overclocking.
  • RGB LED with case control.
  • Embedded LCD is unique and funky.
  • Excellent internal soundcard quality Realtek S1220A Codec with Crystal Sound 3.

Cons.

  • Expensive

 

4.    ASUS TUF X299 MARK I

"Best unique style and armor motherboard"
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support Kaby Lake -X/Skylake -X (LGA 2066)
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This motherboard is unique because there was a cover of aluminum on the surface. A unique look makes this attraction than the other motherboard and certainly looks sturdy and durable. In term of performance, there is nothing significant difference than other competitors. But you I recommend you to look at the pictures just how unique this motherboard and deserves for shortlisted to buy.

Military class component and great looking armor. This motherboard looks so tight, and sure high-end part ensures lifespan and stability during overclocking.

Pros.

  • Unique armor cover.
  • Good build up quality.
  • Overall good performances and stable overclocking.
  • Better price/performance compare to ASUS x299 Deluxe.

Cons.

  • No Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Fewer feature.

 

5.    MSI Enthusiast Gaming Intel X299 (GAMING M7 ACK)

"Best overclocking performance and value for the money" (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support Kaby Lake -X/Skylake -X (LGA 2066)
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Top notch of MSI motherboard products for x299 chipset, from the board, looks it feels so sturdy and how powerful this motherboard. Can’t doubt with performance and all the essential features of enthusiast gamers right now already on this motherboard. If you are not a brand minded ASUS or Gigabyte I recommend this motherboard. It’s relatively cheaper, and the rest of money is enough to buy or upgrade other components, definitely worth it choice.

Many reviews that I read this motherboard is the fastest companion to the i9 until now but having a temperature above the ASUS and Gigabyte.

Pros.

  • Well designed motherboard.
  • A bit cheaper in Enthusiast class.
  • Killer E2500 Gigabit LAN and Killer Wireless-AC 1535 module.
  • Best of performance benchmark and overclock test.
  • The feature-rich motherboard at an affordable price.
  • Decent audio quality with dual Realtek ALC1220 codec.
  • 3D Printing Support: Modify and customize your system with the use of special 3D screws.
  • Best Intel X299 Motherboards for price/performance.

Cons.

  • Heat and power consumptions should be lower. (hope bios update can fix this problem)

 

6.    MSI Gaming Pro Carbon AC

"Best value for RGB LED's lover"
Release in 2017, Form Factor ATX, support Kaby Lake -X/Skylake -X (LGA 2066)
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The most inexpensive but able to compete in class performance enthusiast, the MSI gaming carbon has a unique appearance with a black color that looks compact. But again MSI  heat and power consumption relatively higher than opponents, it is very likely there will be in bios update to fix this problem in future.

Pros.

  • Exchangeable heatsink cover.
  • Latest gen mystic RGB LED best for modding lovers.
  • Features gorgeous.
  • Good overclocking performance.

Cons.

  • Heat and power consumptions problem (hope bios update can fix this issue).

 

Which x299 motherboard is perfect for you?

The choice is yours to make what best suited for you, but for overall enthusiast level, I recommend Gigabyte x299 Aorus Gaming 9 and ASUS X299 DELUXE,

Gigabyte x299 Aorus Gaming 9 has the better option for USB, power delivery, and bit better sound quality for the gaming experience. While ASUS x299 DELUXE already implemented WiGig 802.11ad which is the lastest wireless technology, both are excellent x299 mobo to accommodate the powerful Core i9-7980XE that will increase productivity levels such as the content creator or video editing and workstation PC. If you are looking unordinary one, I prefer ASUS TUF x299 MARK 1 because of its unique and reliable motherboard, but you will miss the Wi-Fi connection.

MSI Gaming Pro Carbon is the best intel x299 motherboards for modder or RGB LED’s lovers at a budget price, and MSI gaming M7 ACK still the best-offered price in enthusiast class (EDITOR’S CHOICE).

That all my list for Best Intel X299 Motherboards, if there is new motherboard model, I will update soon.

If this motherboard list too expensive for you, you should check Good Gaming Motherboards more reference and guide if you are still looking for gaming motherboard with affordable price.

 

Best Motherboards for i9-7980XE Processor:

  • GIGABYTE X299 AORUS Gaming 9 – Feature-rich and best sound quality onboard.
  • ASUS PRIME X299-DELUXE – Best looking board and RGB LED’s option, fastest wireless WiGig 802.11ad support.
  • MSI GAMING M7 ACK – Best overclocking performance and value for the money. (EDITOR’S CHOICE)